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  1. Yes, everything is done for the best if you are an optimist. And everything is made for the worse if you are a pessimist.

    Every event has many bad and good consequences. The pessimist is fixated on the bad, and the optimist is fixated on the good.

    Examples: the ruble and oil have fallen in price. An optimist will say that everything is for the best, since this will eventually lead to a healthier economy (only after a shock, a deep crisis, will people finally understand that they need to produce something in order to live well), a possible change of power (people will finally understand that the current leaders are unfit for professional work) and a more prosperous life in the future. The pessimist, on the other hand, will be fixated on the current severe consequences and will not see anything good. For example, the Japanese, due to lack of resources, were forced to invent, produce, and work to survive. As a result, this resulted in the welfare of the country.

    Or: there was a major earthquake with huge casualties. The optimist will again say that everything is for the best, as all forces will be thrown to improve the construction of earthquake-resistant buildings not only in this city, but also in other cities and countries. And it will save many more lives in the future. The pessimist will be fixated on the number of victims, human suffering, destruction, and demographic pit.

    Etc. This question is purely subjective. Religious people see this as ” God's trials.” I see in this the plasticity of the human psyche, the ability to seek out and fixate on positive consequences.

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